Meet the Sheriff
Earnell R. Lucas
Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas is the 65th Sheriff of Milwaukee County, elected on Nov. 6, 2018, with the goal of restoring honor, integrity and trust in the Sheriff’s Office by treating everyone with dignity and respect. Sheriff Lucas commands a staff that is responsible for safety and security at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, the Milwaukee County Circuit Courts, the Milwaukee County Jail and the Milwaukee County parks and freeway systems.
Sheriff Lucas was born in Milwaukee’s Hillside Terrace housing project and raised by his grandmother, who moved from Alabama to raise him and two brothers upon the death of their mother. He attended Milwaukee Public Schools, graduating from Rufus King High School. He has a bachelor’s degree cum laude in criminology and law studies from Marquette University.
Sheriff Lucas chose a career in law enforcement at an early age after an encounter with a police officer, which showed him the awesome authority that officers hold. He was appointed a police aide with the Milwaukee Police Department in October 1976. In a career spanning over 25 years, he served as the department's public information officer and as a district commander. He retired at the rank of captain. Sheriff Lucas still bears the scars of sustaining a shotgun blast to the right side of his face as a young officer.
Sheriff Lucas was appointed Major League Baseball’s Supervisor of Security for Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig in 2002. Quickly climbing the ranks, he became Major League Baseball’s head of security in 2007. He later served as Chief Liaison of Security and Investigations for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. His 17-year career took him to all parts of the world overseeing security operations, conducting sensitive investigations and safeguarding the integrity of the game of baseball at the Major and Minor League levels.
Sheriff Lucas is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, where he was awarded the prestigious Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award.
Sheriff Lucas has received Minor League Baseball’s John H. Johnson President’s Award, Marquette University's Spirit of the College of Professional Studies Award, Rufus King High School's Distinguished Alumni Award, Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters President’s Award, and in 2019 was named by Madison365 as one of Wisconsin's Most Influential Black Leaders.
Sheriff Lucas and his wife reside in Milwaukee and attend St. Matthew C.M.E. Church, where he has been an active member for over 50 years.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) maintains the county jail, provides bailiff services for the cirucit court, patrols the freeway, provides law enforcement presence at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and the Milwaukee County Institutions Complex. We maintain the peace throughout the County.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office was founded in 1835. It is the oldest Sheriff's Office in the State of Wisconsin. The Sheriff's constitutional mandates include keeping and maintaining the peace throughout the county, maintaining the county jail, providing bailiff services for circuit courts and serving legal process. In the interest of flexible and efficient service to Milwaukee County citizens the Sheriff's Office is comprised of three bureaus: Administration, Police Services and Detention Services.
The Sheriff's Office, using community policing as an organizational philosophy, remains sensitive to the needs of the community. Recognizing that safety is a community responsibility, the Sheriff's Office engages the community. Knowing that our effectiveness is determined by public cooperation, the Sheriff's Office goal is to identify community leaders and work to facilitate the efforts of neighborhood leaders. The greater the degree of public involvement in addressing community problems the greater the potential for effective problem solving.
On Oct. 23, 2002, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office dedicated a new state-of-the-art-training academy located at 9225 S. 68th St. Franklin, Wisconsin. The academy is a 46,500-square-foot facility that includes eight classrooms, two lecture halls, a physical training room, mock training cells, three standard pistol ranges with a total of 20 firing points and an indoor 360-degree tactical firearms training room. Four of the classrooms can be joined and expanded to seat between 20 to 200 individuals. The two lecture halls each have seating for 57 people and can be joined so that up to 130 people can observe the same lecturer. The tactical firearms training room, or shoot house, allows realistic scenario based training.
Adjacent to the training academy is a memorial dedicated to the 13 Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies who died in the line of duty while in service to the Milwaukee County community. The statute, titled "Call to Duty," sits atop a five-foot high octagonal marble base where each of the officer's names is inscribed. The site was selected because it can be viewed from the academy's main hall and will constantly remind deputies and students of the sacrifices all officers make to the community.